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Freedoms and restrictions

The key to the Territory remaining safe is vaccines.

The Territory must reach at least 80% of the eligible Territory population being vaccinated.

  • More than 80% of the population over 16 being fully vaccinated
  • Each of the five regions in the Territory reaching 80%
  • Each of the age cohorts being either above or very close to 80 per cent
  • Remote communities reaching 80-90% vaccinated
  • A growing rate of vaccinations among children aged 12 to 16 years

Once the Territory reaches the 80% target the following steps can occur.

Borders

The NT will transition its hot spots policy to three types of travel categories.

Different rules apply for travellers depending on vaccination status.

  1. Green category – if you arrive in the Territory from any place that is not a designated COVID hot spot.

    All arrivals from green zones – both vaccinated and unvaccinated –  can enter the NT. This is the same rule that we have now for any area that is not a hot spot.

  2. Orange category – if you arrive from an area that has low to medium level COVID risk.

    Vaccinated travellers from an orange zone will be required to self-quarantine – at home or in another suitable location – and you can leave quarantine once you get a negative test result.

    Unvaccinated travellers from an orange zone will be banned from entering the Territory unless you have an approved reason for travel (returning resident or essential work purposes). If you have an approved reason for travel and are unvaccinated you will be required to quarantine at Howard Springs or Alice Springs for 14 days.

  3. Red category – if you arrive from an area that has been designated as a COVID hot spot by the Chief Health Officer.

    Vaccinated people from red zones will not have to quarantine in Howard Springs or the Alice Springs facility. You will be required to do 14-days of self-quarantine (at home or in another suitable location).

    Unvaccinated travellers from a red zone will be banned from entering the Territory unless you have an approved reason for travel (returning resident or essential work purposes). If you have an approved reason for travel and are unvaccinated you will be required to quarantine at Howard Springs or Alice Springs for 14 days.

    There will be allowances made for people who cannot get vaccinated - like children under 12, and some people who have medical reasons.

Managing COVID-19 outbreaks – ‘lock-out’

Once the 80% plus vaccination target is reached there will be changes to how the NT does lockdowns if there is a positive case in the community.

The current system of targeted, short and sharp lockdowns will now include the option of a lock-out.

Under a lock-out, vaccinated people will not be locked down and can continue to be active in the community but will be required to wear a mask.

There may be some internal travel restrictions - to stop people from an outbreak area going into other areas - but for vaccinated people restrictions will be minimal.

Under a lock-out, unvaccinated people will be locked down and only permitted to leave home for the five reasons currently allowed during a lock down.

There will be allowances made for people who cannot get vaccinated - like children under 12, and some people who have medical reasons.

Territory Check In app

The Territory Check In app will be crucial during lock-down and lock-out.

It will be upgraded to link to people’s vaccination certificate so that only vaccinated people can enter venues and premises during a lockdown or lockout situation.

For vaccinated people – this will be your Freedom Pass. For people who make the choice not to get vaccinated – no vax means no Freedom Pass.

Options are being worked through for vaccinated people without access to apps or QR codes.

Mandatory vaccinations

From early November, the Territory will aim to have directions making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for workers in high-risk sectors and settings.

You are a mandatory worker if you meet one of these three conditions:

  1. Workers who directly interact with anyone especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

    This will apply to anyone who works (or comes into contact with) people who cannot get vaccinated (like children) and includes all teachers, child-care workers and frontline health and emergency services roles like healthcare professionals and police officers.

    It will apply to anyone who has contact with vulnerable and transient populations like those working in the community services sector or a remote community.

    It includes customer-facing roles like supermarket, retail and hospitality workers.
  2. Workers where the risk of COVID can be brought into their work setting.

    This will apply to anyone working in quarantine and border control workers and includes places symptomatic people may visit like GP clinics and pharmacies.
  3. Workers involved in areas critical to keeping the Territory running (such as essential infrastructure, supply or logistics).

A legal direction will be issued by the Chief Health Officer that makes it mandatory for people working in these environments to be vaccinated against COVID-19 – from a certain date, which will be determined at the time.

The Chief Health Officer’s direction will include requirements on both employees and employers in these areas.

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